After Taliban take Afghanistan, Hezbollah now supplies oil to Lebanon in open defiance of international sanctions

After a gap of 15 years, on August 6th of this year the Iranian-backed Shia militant group Hezbollah launched it first missile attack on Israel since since the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

19 rockets were fired at northern Israel, with 10 being shot down by Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system. The very fact that they were intercepted suggests that they were heading for populated areas.

Hezbollah, formed in 1982 with the support of followers of Ayotollah Khomeni, has been been designated a terrorist organisation by countries, and by the European Union.

Russia, in the meantime, considers the terror group as a "legitimate socio-political force."

The anti-Semitism of Hezbollah leaders and spokesmen combines the image of seemingly invincible Jewish power ... and cunning with the contempt normally reserved for weak and cowardly enemies. Like the Hamas propaganda for holy war, that of Hezbollah has relied on the endless vilification of Jews as 'enemies of mankind,' 'conspiratorial, obstinate, and conceited' adversaries full of 'satanic plans' to enslave the Arabs. It fuses traditional Islamic anti-Judaism with Western conspiracy myths, Third Worldist anti-Zionism, and Iranian Shiite contempt for Jews as 'ritually impure' and corrupt infidels.

Robert S. Wistrich, A Lethal Obsession: author of 'Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad.' (2010)

On Friday, four convoys, comprising some 80 lorries, carrying four million litres of Iranian diesel fuel in to the Lebanon, arriving to a well-orchestrated hero's welcome. The fuel was imported via Syria in an effort to avoid embroiling Lebanon in current US sanctions on Iran.

The country had been running dangerously short of fuel. Hezbollah have said that the fuel will be distributed free of charge to government hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages and the Lebanese Red Cross, with the rest being sold "below cost" to bakeries, private hospitals and companies operating generators.

Hezbollah's leader, Sayyed Hassan, said a second tanker with diesel would arrive at the Syrian port of Baniyas soon in the coming days, with two others carrying petrol and diesel following soon afterwards.

All three of the players in this event, Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah, are subject to US sanctions.

The world will now be looking to see how this one plays out.

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